Marathons produce inspiring stories and the Boston Marathon was no different.
That year, another woman tried to race the marathon by jumping out of a bush, but Switzer was the only one to be officially registered. "Just imagine what's gonna happen in 50 years!"
In her original run, as part of the Syracuse Harriers athletics club, Switzer made worldwide headlines after race official Jock Semple broke into the runners to rip the number off her sweatshirt. Her boyfriend, Tom Miller, fearing for her safety, encouraged her to wipe the make-up off of her face.
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Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez ran the 26.2mile race Monday in Boston on a prosthetic left leg while carrying a flag signed by the Marines he fought alongside. "I'm so very grateful". I had long hair, wore lipstick and eyeliner to the start line.
"It was a race of celebration, and all along people were cheering me", she told CBS Boston. "Women's marathoning has created a global legacy". "...nor was there anything indicating gender on the entry form".
Kathrine Switzer, the first official woman entrant in the Boston Marathon 50 years ago, reacts at a news conference, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Boston, where her bib No. 261 was retired in her honor by the Boston Athletic As.
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This time round, Switzer was met with applause.
"...an official tried to eject me from the race simply because I was a woman". I said to my coach immediately after the incident: 'I have to finish this race now because if I drop out of this race, nobody's going to believe that women are serious'.
Switzer, who completed the Boston Marathon in 1967 in four hours and 20 minutes. On Monday wearing the same bib number 261, at 70 years old, Switzer finished in 4:44:31, noted the Globe.
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Ms Switzer's run 50 years ago is widely credited with forcing the Boston Marathon to start allowing female runners in 1972. Six other US territories were also represented, including two runners (both of whom finished) from the Virgin Islands.